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Taiwanese breakfast in Chinatown?

teresa Nov 19, 2006 11:06 PM

I was wondering if anyone knew of a place that services typical Taiwanese breakfast cuisine? This would include soybean milk, fried dough (you tiao), sticky rice rolls (fan tuan), scallion pancake with egg (dan bing), etc. I know there are a few places in Flushing, but it would be quite difficult to travel to Flushing with my friends on the weekend (7 is always local then) to get Taiwanese breakfast. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!


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    HLing RE: teresa Nov 19, 2006 11:50 PM

    Well, there is an express, sort of:

    LIRR on weekends offers "city tickets" that has to be purchased on the day of travel, but is $3 one way anywhere within city limits. You can get to FLushing,Main Street (on the Port Washington Line) from Penn Station in about 20 minutes. Trains leave from Penn at 14 mins and 44 minuts after the hour, which was improved from just one train per hour before.

    Otherwise, from my probably-outdated-memory, in Manhattan there was Empire Sichuan and China Fun that had shaobing youtiao, doujian. Empire Sichuan had(has?) Fan tuan, and dan bing (pancake with a fried egg)...I just haven't been to either, nor places in Manhattan's Chinatown because Flushing's choices and qualities are better.

    1. csw RE: teresa Nov 20, 2006 03:41 AM

      Closest I could think of is Coluck in the chinatown arcade.

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        designerboy01 RE: csw Dec 12, 2006 02:34 AM

        Coluck is the only place I think too. Its better in Flushing. You know they got a shuttle bus for $2 that goes to Flushing from NY Chinatown if you really need the fix and coming from NY.

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          Lau RE: designerboy01 Dec 12, 2006 02:50 PM

          where is coluck? surprised i've never heard of it

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            designerboy01 RE: Lau Dec 12, 2006 07:10 PM

            There is one walkway in the middle of elizabeth street between Bayard and Canal Street. You can also enter on bowery street between elizabeth and canal street. If you are walking from the elizabeth street entrance it will be on your left. They got a hodgepodge of american style and chinese style dishes there. Its more homecooking (not in my home). They do have salty tofu soup there.

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              Lau RE: designerboy01 Dec 14, 2006 12:18 PM

              ohhhh that place, i've been there before, it was okay, maybe i had the wrong thing...it was like one of those diners in hk that serve american style breakfast, but it has semi-chinese stuff too

              i thought it was called #1 something it says like di yi something on the sign i cant remember

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            NancyC RE: designerboy01 Dec 26, 2006 12:42 AM

            Really? Where does it leave from?

            Now when do we get the express bus from Brooklyn?

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              designerboy01 RE: NancyC Dec 26, 2006 03:04 AM

              There are two lines. One leaves on Division Street on the Confucius Plaza side of the street. Its close to Bowery. You will see a bus. If you are not Asian or do not speak their dialect just walk up to the bus and say the word Flushing. You pay when you get off the bus. I'm not sure if its $2 or $2.5, but you can see what people pay as they get off the bus and the bus driver will give you change. The van stops by the parking lot off from Main Street near the library. Its down the street from the Starbucks on Main Street. The second van leaves further down the block on division street and market street. It goes to Fluhsing but I'm not sure where it stops in Flushing.

              There are vans all over Chinatown that goes to different parts of brooklyn. They stop at various places on Canal Street and other parts of Chinatown. I'm not familar with these anymore.

              There use to be one van that goes from Flushing Chinatown to Sunset Park Chinatown, for around $3 or $4. I'm not sure if its still there anymore. But you can just ask any bus driver or you just say Brooklyn and see where they will point you.

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                NancyC RE: designerboy01 Dec 27, 2006 03:37 PM

                Thanks so much for the detailed info!

        2. bigjeff RE: teresa Nov 29, 2006 03:40 PM

          I feel your pain and . . . nothing comes to mind! dang.

          1. teresa RE: teresa Dec 8, 2006 04:00 AM

            I guess I was right that there are no restaurants in Chinatown or in Manhattan that serve this breakfast! I guess, I will have to invite my friends to Flushing. Hopefully we will be able to make it out there soon. :) Nothing will compare to Taiwan's breakfast. How I miss it!

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              bigjeff RE: teresa Mar 12, 2007 04:14 PM

              hey btw, so where do you go for taiwanese breakfast in flushing? the place I really liked closed a few years ago and I keep hearing about king 5 noodle but any other choices? I saw this in the village voice; any recs?


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                teresa RE: bigjeff Mar 13, 2007 02:04 PM

                I usually go to King 5 Noodle in Flushing. It's on Prince Street right by Spicy & Tasty. The restaurant you are talking about is called "Nan Bei He" in Chinese. I've been there for regular dinner a few times, but I don't remember anything I ate there. My parents tell me the same owners own both King 5 Noodle and K & L. I guess their food should be comparable. I enjoy King 5 Noodle because they have great scallion pancakes and noodles. :)

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                  Lau RE: teresa Mar 13, 2007 07:48 PM

                  what are the cross streets of nan bei he on? my friend told me to try it, but i just remembered i haven't been there yet

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                    teresa RE: Lau Mar 16, 2007 01:56 PM

                    Well, I just mapped it on Google Maps and it's Main Street and 40th Road. It's only on one side of Main Street.


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                      Lau RE: teresa Mar 17, 2007 05:53 PM


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                  APNY RE: bigjeff May 1, 2007 07:43 AM

                  There's a place in Flushing Mall's food court that serves sweet soy milk, salty soy milk, crullers, sesame cakes, rice balls, buns, etc. The actual place is called 永和之家, House of Yun Ho. It's decent, and the amazing selections in the mall can't be beat... but still a far cry from what you can get in southern California.

                  I think Flushing's Taiwanese food is much better than Manhattan's Chinatown. In the past, we've tried China Fun and several of the other places mentioned above, but have always been disappointed.

                  BTW, what type of schedule do those Chinatown-Flushing shuttle buses run? What about nights, late nights, or weekends? Thanks!

              2. Polecat RE: teresa Dec 14, 2006 06:49 AM

                "sticky rice rolls (fan tuan)"
                I could be mistaken, but I had something that approximates this description at the older Chatham Restaurant, the one with the old diner-style counter on the left where you walk
                in. Not having seen them anywhere else, I had to have one. I'm guessing that, if this is indeed the "fan tuan" that you describe, there are better versions of it out there somewhere, but I liked it.

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                  designerboy01 RE: Polecat Feb 9, 2007 12:23 PM

                  That is a Cantonese restaurant.

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                  fun_seanny RE: teresa Mar 13, 2007 01:06 PM

                  there's a place in elmhurst queens, if you guys are so inclined to make the trip (right outside the elmhurst stop of the R/V line, near the elmhurst avenue/broadway intersection). its actually another "king 5" location. be aware that they only serve the breakfast items on weekends and theres a hard stop at 2PM, or whenever they run out of crullers etc.

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                    autumnlilacs RE: fun_seanny Jan 11, 2008 12:14 PM

                    ooh i'm planning to be in the elmhurst area saturday morning! a taiwanese breakfast would be perfect. where exactly is the elmhurst "king 5" located? how can i recognize the sign?

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                      Chandavkl RE: autumnlilacs Jan 12, 2008 07:44 AM

                      Posting indicates King 5 in Elmhurst is gone.


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                        Lau RE: autumnlilacs Jan 12, 2008 09:32 AM

                        king 5 in flushing is still around if you want to go its on prince between 39th and roosevelt....they serve good breakfast until 1

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                      Lau RE: teresa May 19, 2008 06:34 PM

                      haven't tried it yet, but supposely (according to a poster on Yelp) "Fuzhou Wei Zhong Wei" serves dou jiang and you tiao for breakfast. Fuzhou Wei Zhong Wei is in the basement of the East Broadway Mall, the entrance is on the northside of the street. I've seen it before b/c I was wandering around and found it, but i'm pretty sure nothing is written in english and no english is spoken. Even I was slightly intimidated as everyone eating and servers stared up at me when I was wandering around.

                      Interested if its good though.

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                        HLing RE: Lau May 20, 2008 12:32 AM

                        Lau, I'm glad you mentioned this place. I think Fuzhou Wei Zhong Wei is the place with a special "Bing" (pastry) that's got really thin crust (more like a dough skin than crust) all around an abundance of tender bamboo shoots cooked in red sauce with maybe a little bit of pork. I wolfed it down as it was still warm and just so unusual in taste from the usual. The girl who recommended it to me is very proud of that particular bing. When I asked for another, they were already out. She said they make huge amount sometimes for special order, that they basically make that for most of the stores who sell them. I'm trying to remember the name of this Bing. I think it was something like, "Hong2 Zao1 Bing3", but I would really have to go back there and check to be sure.

                        They also had beautifully made tiny steamed buns that looked like Ding Tai Feng's Xiao Long Baos, but with more of a bready dough than the dumpling dough. The filling is uniquely Fuzhou, with more dark soy sauce, and heavier salt and sweet taste. Perfect bite size.

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                          Lau RE: HLing May 20, 2008 07:47 AM

                          hmm sounds interesting, ill pop in sometime although

                          i found a pic of the place (scroll down a bit and there are pics):

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                            HLing RE: Lau May 20, 2008 10:17 AM

                            OK, the pictures help. It's the same mall, same basement, but... Look at the 2nd picture from the left, and imagine you're the photographer - where you're standing is the place I got the Bing. So it might not be Wei Zhong Wei, if the pictured one is Wei Zhong Wei. Hmmm, I'll have to get the name then. I'll check it out today it the weather doesn't clear up.

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                              Lau RE: HLing May 20, 2008 10:23 AM

                              if i remember right its all one place, like in the pic it looks like there are two stalls, but in reality i believe its just one stall

                              also i believe characters on the top right do say wei zhong wei mian shi something

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